By Caleb Symons (March 31, 2022, 8:07 p.m. EDT) – A federal judge in Maine allows the advancement of litigation in which environmental groups say four hydroelectric dams on the Kennebec River threaten an at-risk salmon population and are operating in violation of the Endangered Species Act.
U.S. District Chief Judge Jon D. Levy on Wednesday denied the dam operators’ request to stay that lawsuit while federal researchers examine the energy facilities’ impact on local wildlife, including endangered Atlantic salmon. extinct native to the Gulf of Maine.
In his ruling, Chief Justice Levy said the upcoming National Marine Fisheries Service review was only marginally relevant to the environmentalists’ case, citing “substantial evidence…
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